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Cholesterol Checkups, Not Just for Adults

Columnist: Sal Iaquinta, M.D.
Aug, 2018 Issue

When it comes to watching cholesterol levels, we think of it as an adult concern, not a childhood issue. However, one in five teenagers have abnormal cholesterol levels. A normal level should be under 170 mg/dL. About 40 percent of obese teenagers have abnormal cholesterol. When studies say “abnormal cholesterol levels,” this means total cholesterol level could be normal, but low-density lipoprotein—also known as LDL could be too high. The LDL should be less than 130 mg/dL. This situation still counts as abnormal and it should. LDL is what damages the lining of blood vessels and allows for fatty build up inside a vessel.

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To Juice or Not to Juice?

Columnist: Sal Iaquinta, M.D.
May, 2018 Issue

We’ve all heard the saying, “Juice your vegetables; eat your fruit.” But do we know why, and is it true? The rationale for juicing vegetables comes out of a few schools of thought. First, vegetables just aren’t as fun to eat as hamburgers, so most of us don’t eat enough vegetables. We’re supposed to eat at least three servings of vegetables a day. One way to sneak veggies into our diet is to juice them.

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